Olympic Champions Like Aly Raisman Are Hooked on Float Therapy
Olympic Champion Aly Raisman on Float Therapy
Aly Raisman, one of the biggest stars in women’s gymastics, is incredibly talented and a living legend. What does owe it to, you ask? Well, besides supernatural ability, she has been quoted as saying she relies on floatation therapy as part of her training.
Floatation therapy, also known as sensory deprivation therapy, has been around for 40 years. Studies show that floatation therapy provides a wide range of benefits including reductions in stress, insomnia, chronic pain, swellings and lowering blood pressure.
For an Olympic athlete like Aly Raisman, the floatation tank relieves the stresses of gravity, taking weight off strained bones, joints, and muscles—and it increases the efficiency of blood circulation. “There are also studies showing that athletes who use visualization and imagery techniques while floating experience more improvement than repetitive field practice alone,” says Granik.